Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Published: 2007

Genre: fiction

Length: 292 pages

Setting: Boston, near Harvard, present day

Interest: It was my book club’s choice in 2009 and in 2016 (different book clubs). Continue reading

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Startide Rising by David Brin

Published: 1983

Genre: science fiction

Length: 460 pages

Setting: mostly the planet Kithrup, 100 years or so after the events of Sundiver

Interest: It’s the second book in the Uplift Saga that I’m rereading this year Continue reading

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In Too Deep by Jayne Ann Krentz

Published: 2010

Genre: paranormal romance

Length: 324 pages

Setting: mostly Scargill Cove, California, present day

Interest: I wanted to read Quicksilver as my Q book, but its the second book in The Looking Glass Trilogy. This is the first book in the series. Continue reading

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Short Stories by Melanie Rees

Art by Melissa Mead

Seven Sins

Published: July 2012 in Daily Science Fiction (you can read it free online at the link)

Genre: fairy tale mashup

Length: 4 pages

Setting: a psychiatrist’s office in Fairyland

Interest: It was published in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology

Summary: An overwhelmed psychiatrist is trying to help Mr. and Mrs. Charming deal with a marital spat involving the parentage of their daughter and who does the most work around the castle.

Final thoughts: The story is built around the premise of “what problems would a psychiatrist have to deal with if his clients were member of fairy tales?” It’s a fun little romp, and the author has obviously decided that there isn’t a happily ever after for the prince and princess. In fact, from the psychiatrist’s behavior throughout the story, there isn’t a happily ever after for most people in fairyland.

Title comes from: Mr. Charming implies that their daughter’s father is actually one of the seven dwarves, so Mrs. Charming sinned with at least one of the seven.

Virtually Human

Published: September 2012 in Daily Science Fiction

Genre: science fiction

Length: 10 pages

Setting: some time in the future on Earth

Interest: It was published in the 2014 Campbellian Anthology

Summary: Miranda is using her virtual book too much, at least according to her mother. We find out that even her mother is a virtual book construction when the battery dies and she has to go into the real world to turn on the generator. Her mother is a drunk and only concerned that Miranda get her a new bottle.

Final thoughts: This story showed how strongly Miranda wanted her mother to be involved in her life since she created a caring mother who “forced” her to do chores and make good choices in life. Of course, it was all fake and she entered the real world only when her battery died. I liked the subtle color cues that her battery was dying (everything starts out amber and then shades to red).

Title comes from: All the people Miranda was interacting with on a regular basis were virtual creations from her virtual book.

 

 

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Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Published: 2016

Genre: thriller

Length: 400 pages

Setting: mostly around NYC, present day

Interest: It’s one of the She Reads network summer reads (check out the link to see other reviews of this book and the two other books chosen for the summer). As part of the She Reads network, I was provided a copy to review, but my opinion is my own. Continue reading

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Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki

Published: 2008

Genre: middle grade graphic novel

Length: 150 pages

Setting: stereotypical suburbs in the U.S., present day

Interest: I’m always on the lookout for graphic novels. Bonus when they have a non-white protagonist. Continue reading

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Academaze by Sydney Phlox

Subtitle: Finding Your Way through the American Research University

Published: 2016

Genre: nonfiction science

Length: 360 pages

Interest: I was provided a review copy by the publisher (but the review is my own opinion). I was interested in reading the book since I’ve spent some time in the academic environment addresses in this book. I’ve got a M.S. from an R1 university and teach at a small college (only part-time, but my husband is a college professor as well).
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